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ERIC Number: ED510448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 130
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9323-2635-2
The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship. CLIR Publication No. 147
Courant, Paul N.; Henry, Charles; Henry, Geneva; Nielsen, Matthew; Schonfeld, Roger C.; Smith, Kathlin; Spiro, Lisa
Council on Library and Information Resources
This document explores the transition from an analog to a digital environment for knowledge access, preservation, and reconstitution, and the implications of this transition for managing research collections. The volume comprises three reports. The first, "Can a New Research Library be All-Digital?" by Lisa Spiro and Geneva Henry, explores the degree to which a new research library can eschew print. The second, "On the Cost of Keeping a Book," by Paul Courant and Matthew "Buzzy" Nielsen, argues that from the perspective of long-term storage, digital surrogates offer a considerable cost savings over print-based libraries. The final report, "Ghostlier Demarcations," examines how well large text databases being created by Google Books and other mass-digitization efforts meet the needs of scholars, and the larger implications of these projects for research, teaching, and publishing. The reports are introduced by Charles Henry; the volume includes a conclusion by Roger Schonfeld and an epilogue by Charles Henry. (Individual articles contain tables, figures, and footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Authoring Institution: Council on Library and Information Resources
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